Careers in Criminology: A Top Career for 2016-2026

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What is Criminology?

Criminology (which is in the field of sociology, the science or study of society) is the scientific study of crime, criminals, criminal behavior, and corrections. It also examines prevention of crime and society's response to crime. Criminology includes the examination of evidence, hereditary and psychological causes of crime, various modes of investigation, conviction, and the efficacy of differing styles of punishment, rehabilitation, and corrections.

Radio and television have popularized the study of crime through shows such as The Shadow, Sherlock Holmes, The Naked City, The Defenders, Perry Mason, Mr. Lucky, The Wild Wild West, Matlock, Murder She Wrote, Diagnosis Murder, The District, CSI, CSI Miami, Numbers, and hundreds of others. Literature is filled with crime stories and magazines like True Crime. Crime is popular and crime-stoppers, from super heroes to policeman and amateur detectives, are revered.

Of course, there are many real-life careers available in criminology, as well, ones that are extremely challenging and rewarding.

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Criminology, a division of sociology, is the scientific study of crime, criminals, criminal behavior, and corrections. Thousands of jobs in various field are attached to this field of study, from private investigation to forensic accounting.

What Is a Criminologist?

A criminologist is a sociologist or social scientist who 1) specializes in criminology and 2) studies social behaviors. Each society has its own set of norms and deviations and these people examine the norms (most common behaviors) and the deviations from those norms of behavior.

A criminologist usually studies crime and law in college and earns at least one academic degree (an associate's, bachelor's, master's, and/or a doctorate (PhD) degree).

A criminologist provides theoretical explanations for the aberrant, delinquent, and criminal behaviors manifested in a population. They analyze criminal law, criminal behavior, and the methods used by criminals to practice deviant behavior and break the law. Criminologists work with a variety of levels and types of law enforcement agencies to develop behavior profiles for particular types of crimes. In addition, they gather statistics on crime rates. They investigate crimes and analyze the larger criminal justice system and its processes.

A criminologist is a sociologist or social scientist who 1) specializes in criminology and 2) studies social behaviors.

Criminology Jobs Increasing in 2015 - 2016

Fluctuations have led to an increase in 2015 and into 2016, a recovery from a previous decline.
Fluctuations have led to an increase in 2015 and into 2016, a recovery from a previous decline. | Source
Criminal Justice occupations are increasing very rapidly in 2015 - 2016.
Criminal Justice occupations are increasing very rapidly in 2015 - 2016. | Source
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Qualifications of a Criminologist

A criminologist is a sociologist and must therefore be interested in human beings and their well-being. Human beings must not be, or become, merely objects to a criminologist. This is because the purpose of the field, as it is with all of sociology, is to make the quality of life better for all.

A criminologist must be able to express ideas and concepts clearly, both in writing and in person. They must be computer-literate and proficient on the internet, especially in applications related to criminology. A criminologist may need to address large groups of people and demonstrate good public speaking skills. They need to be focused, creative, analytical, logical, adept at problem solving, and dedicated to the profession of criminology and its goals of improving the criminal rehabilitation system and preventing crime. A criminologist must be interested in society as a whole and especially in victims of crime and in disadvantaged individuals and groups that may contain a larger proportion of victims or crime-related behavior than the general population.

A criminologist is a sociologist and must therefore be interested in human beings and their well-being. Human beings must not be, or become, merely objects to a criminologist.

Education Requirements for the Criminologist

As I said, different degrees are required for different jobs, but the courses needed at the undergraduate level in college for criminology include government, sociology, introductory psychology, sociological psychology, juvenile delinquency, criminal law, constitutional law, and criminal theory. Additional studies include forensics, abnormal psychology, corrections, and statistics for the social sciences and business.

Some students also take social work courses that deal with the criminal system and prisons. Criminologists also need classes in writing, computer science, and logic. Advanced degrees are required for individuals who will teach or conduct professional research. These advanced degrees are also required in order to climb the ladder professionally in the field of criminology.

Daily Tasks of a Criminologist

Entry-level criminologists conduct data collection, report proofing, and computer work, catalogue information about the possible causes of crime and the crimes committed, compile crime statistics, and propose improvements for the use of resources.

These professionals also analyze and develop crime prevention strategies, the causes of crime, and how the community relates to crime. Criminologists may be involved in crime scene investigations or attend autopsies seeking evidence and information to analyze the crime.


Career Paths in Criminology

  • Corrections
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Diversion Programming
  • Financial Fraud Investigation & Prevention
  • Forensics
  • Insurance Fraud Investigation & Prevention
  • Intervention Programming
  • Judicial / Courts
  • Law Enforcement
  • Medical Investigation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Research and Policy Studies
  • Private Investigation
  • Psychologist - Psychopathology Specialist
  • Retail Investigation
  • Special Agencies
  • Teaching
  • Women's Studies
  • Youth Programming & Counseling
  • Additional Careers in Sociology

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DNA offers increasing amounts of evidence. | Source

Employment Systems for Criminologists

  • Court Systems
  • Correctional Institutions
  • Counseling Agencies
  • Banks & Financial Institutions
  • Insurance Companies
  • Non-Profit Agencies
  • Private Investigation Agencies
  • Retailers
  • Government:

Federal Government

  • Drug Enforcement Agency
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations
  • Homeland Security
  • U.S. Border Patrol

State Government

  • State Highway Patrol
  • Dept. of Rehabilitation & Correction
  • Youth Services
  • Public Safety

Local Governments: County, City, Township, Village

  • Local Police Divisions
  • Public Safety
  • Department of the Treasurer


Additional Employment Opportunities in Criminology

Universities and government agencies employ professional criminologists for advanced teaching and research and policy assessment. Most criminologists become police officers, FBI agents, or state medical examiners, but criminologists may also work in universities teaching criminology, legal studies, law, and sociology. Federal and state justice agencies employ criminologists as research officers and policy advisers.

Criminologists are found in many different settings: airport security, corrections systems, probation or parole offices, drug enforcement agencies, FBI, US customs, and other law enforcement agencies, not to mention corporations or financial institutions, and major department stores and law firms employing security officers, private investigators, and/or social workers. Some also work as consultants in the role of private investigators or security.

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Areas of Specialization in Criminology

Many areas of specialization exist in the field of criminology. Professionals may concentrate on a specific age group in their work, including elementary school youth, middle school youth, high school youth, young adults, middle-aged adults, and senior citizens.

It is unfortunate that crime has worked its way down into the elementary school ages, but there are drug dealers that use these children to sell drugs and some young children are taking loaded guns to school. Some elementary school-aged children are drinking alcohol and using controlled substances regularly and all of these things contribute to crime.

Criminologists often focus on specific types of crimes. Some work with murders, some with armed robbery, vandalism, rape, or serial crimes of different sorts. They may alternatively specialize in crime prevention, crime scene investigation, criminal litigation, corrections, rehabilitation, or the privatization of prisons.

Profilers are criminologists who build profiles of specific crimes by reviewing patterns of behavior. They look at particular groups of people that commit specific crimes and build a sort of meta-profile, a combination of the behaviors of those involved in these crimes. Profilers can pinpoint an average age range and other demographic and psychological characteristic for an "average criminal" involved in a particular crime.

Criminologists may place their efforts into research, victimology, victim's rights, white collar crime, the juvenile justice system, forensics technologies, DNA/RNA evidence, or many other areas. Other professionals work in community-based initiatives and among CBOs (community based organizations), government policy initiatives, and other types of programs and projects.

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Forensic Odontology

CSI Named Most-Watched TV Show in 2010

The CBS television show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation beat House, MD when it amassed over 73.8 million viewers globally. This was reported by the Monte-Carlo Television Festival in June 2010.

The total group of CSI shows dominated most years of the International TV Audience Awards for 5 years.CSI: Miami was the first show honored as the most-watched drama internationally (2006) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation won 2007, 2008, and 2010. House, MD, which also often portrays crime investigation and always uses CSI-like diagnosis methods, won in 2009.

All of these shows are drawing additional students to the fields of criminology, forensics, and forensic medicine; just as Star Trek® drew people into the US Space Program.

Earle Stanley Gardner and Dr. Simon Dinitz, two real heroes of criminology, would be pleased.

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On the set of "CSI:Miami", photo by the US Coast Guard/public domain."CSI:NY" (US Coast Guard, public domain)
On the set of "CSI:Miami", photo by the US Coast Guard/public domain.
On the set of "CSI:Miami", photo by the US Coast Guard/public domain.
"CSI:NY" (US Coast Guard, public domain)
"CSI:NY" (US Coast Guard, public domain)

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Crime in Literature and Film

  • The Court of Last Resort (TV dramatization)

    The Court of Last Resort is a dramatized documentary about a group with the same name founded and maintained by Erle Stanley Gardner. The show (available on Netflix) tells the story of seven attorneys who, during the 1940s and '50s, took on cases of wrongly accused or unjustly convicted defendants to reveal the truth.

  • Crime and Punishment (film)

    This 1935 film retells Dostoyevsky's crime epic Crime and Punishment set in the 1930s, illustrating the mental torture of attempting to hide a crime. It stars Peter Lorre as Raskolnikov and Edward Arnold as Inspector Porfiry.

  • Crime and Punishment (dual eBook)

    This is a free online rendition of the great Dostoyevsky novel, printed side-by-side in English and Russian. The reader may view the novel in this version or access an English-only or Russian-only text.

Dr. Simon Dinitz
Dr. Simon Dinitz

My Introduction to Criminology: Simon Dinitz

I studied criminology under Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Criminology at Ohio State University, Simon Dinitz (1926-2007), who was an outstanding sociology professor and taught how to avoid a mugging by walking confidently, like you know where you're going and can't be stopped (not like a "tiny woman in a tight skirt and 6-inch spiked heels.") His lessons were substantial and fun: at times, he reminded me of a prison warden in a black-and-white 1940s B movie and his style made his teachings stick. Leaders in the field of criminology have cited Dinitz the strongest person in the field.

He whole-heartedly believed in rehabilitation and that convicted criminals could turn their lives around with the proper help. Beginning to teach at The Ohio State University in 1951 and continuing for the rest of his life, Dr. Dinitz accepted other responsibilities as well, including the position as head of an Ohio prison task force after the deadly 11-day-long riot at Ohio's Lucasville prison in 1993 and the leadership of another task force on overcrowding in Ohio prisons. He was named one of the Big Ten's "Ten Most Exciting Teachers" in 1968 and was honored at Ohio State University with the Distinguished Teaching Award, Distinguished Research Award, and Distinguished Service Award. He was the first faculty member to speak at commencement and national societies honored his research and teaching. Universities from California to Israel asked him to come as a visiting professor.

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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

With all this knowledge of figuring out 'who-done-it' you would think that crime was on a down-swing and that every would be criminal be shaking in their boots...

Great HUB Patty

regards Zsuzsy

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thanks Zsuzsy for the comment. I guess the problem is greater than fear of being caught, as some think they cannot be cause, some don't care for one reason or another and others don't think of it. I don't know if we'll ever get to all the root causes.

I was glad to see that there was not much looting during the California fires - that's encouraging.

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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

You're right about California... as if everyone doesn't have enough tragedy already, looting would be the final straw.

regards Zsuzsy

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bloggerdollar 8 years ago

Thanks for all the info although I think of watching forensic incidents from tv shows :)

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Well the technology on radio and TV forensics programs has certainly changed, hasn't it? From fingerprint discover in the 1890s in Sherlock Holmes, to Perry Mason, to Quicncy, ME to CSI. What next? I think criminology is an expanding field in real life too,

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Kenny Wordsmith 8 years ago from Chennai

Wonderful, Patty, didn't know you were a criminologist! Do you also write crime fiction?

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Hi Kenny. I minored in social sciences and math in undergraduate college, with many classes in criminology and anthropology. I have never written crime fiction, but enjoy reading it very much. If you write one, I will purchase it! I would even help edit it if you need that help.:)

I am reading the work of Dr. Donald T. Lunde...

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Here's a related link to our local police force and jobs avaiable.

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teluguswan 8 years ago

very much information about the careers in criminology its all like a book here in this hub.

good work dude

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Mr Nice 8 years ago from North America

Interesting topic, nicely done. Keep up the good work.

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thanks very much to my friends telguswan and Mr. Nice.

What's very interesting is that Walter Reckless and Simon Dinitz never stopped believing that the justice system can be improved.

Iðunn 8 years ago

fascinating topic and excellent hub. criminal justice used to be quite a big interest for me for a time, especially the juvenile justice system in Florida - I got suckered in by some cases there a few years ago.

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for the kind words. I really respected Dr. Dinitz and his work, but never was able to meet Dr. Reckless. What do you think of the privatized prisons in Texas?

Iðunn 8 years ago

I think it's truly American capitalism at it's finest.  Have the powerful enact harsh penalties for tiny things that should be fined, then have a lot of stock in privatized prisons to profit from others' misery.

I remember a case when I was researching prison abuse that some little kid went in to a Texas prison for writing a hot check or something - two year sentence.  He was frail and pretty and he came out of prison with AIDS from being chronically assaulted.  Death sentence for a hot check.

Prison reform is a biggie with me.  Committing a crime should not mean anyone should be raped or assaulted.  It should mean just serving the time separated from society.  I have never understood why the "violents" cannot be easily and cost-effectively separated from the "non-violents" for their protection.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

I've often wondered if the non-violents couldn't be housed on a working farm where they worked for their room and board and learned practical skills. Some of the homeless could benefit from a working farm as well. I'd take 6 monnths there myself right now.

We used to have a Poor House in this city in the 1930s with a farm behind it. The people that went there to live raised their own food and cleaned the house and cooked for the owners and themselves, who were kind to them. Why can't we do such things now instead of stockpiling 6 years of corn harvests (in Ohio) and then sell it all overseas?

Dr. Dinitz was always big on prison reform too. He showed us a film of a New England prisin that forced the prisoners into putting on a variety show and were also physically abused. I was speechless.

Death for a small bad check from someone that probably just neeeded a hand up is totally out of line.

Iðunn 8 years ago

Have you seen that thing about the Prison Warden in Arizona? The name slips by me, but there they do a work farm thing, tents for prisoners, no ac or heat, no extras like tv and they have to work, but no violence allowed at inmates. I didn't know what to think about it. My opinion is still out on it.

Are you aware of it and do you have an opinion?

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

I saw some film on it actually. It might be ok, but I don't know what crimes the prisoners did - that would make a difference and so would the actual temperature, which was not reported.

The prisoners complain and sometimes it does get really too hot. It appears to be in the desert or on the edge of it. 110 degrees is too hot to expect someone to toe the line and somebody will die in the summer months, I'm sure. I need more information.

Iðunn 8 years ago

yeah, arizona is hot.  I did hear in the doco or news show, whatever it was, there was an outstandingly low recidivism rate - offenders didn't choose to repeat after release, or at least... in that jurisdiction.

I don't know what to think about it but I did find it interesting.  As you said, not enough info.  I don't have enough background to have an opinion.

They have done a similar thing with boot camps for juvenile offenders and children have died of beatings and for medical reasons.  Others have come out of such and changed their lives positively.  On this one, I'm more negative.  One dead child is one dead child too many.

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Yes, too many things can go wrong, especially with youth since their bodies are in flux. But if recidivism decreases, the tent prison could be a good thing.

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poseidon 8 years ago

It's a wonderful HUB ! I FEEL NOW LIKE A detective...DrPc-Global

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This looks really interesting, i myself have wanted to do this sort of thing for a while...m.aybe i should look into it a bit more ^ ^;;

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for the link; it looks useful.

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beachbum_gabby 8 years ago

amazing hub. I'm a fan of CSI:'s and other crime and court drama, its makes me wanna think and solve the mystery about who the killer is. :)

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Indeed! It is like a puzzle. I wonder how many crime units have anything close to the CSI equipment?

Author Erle Stanley Gardner campaigned for such techniques to become real in the early 20th century. wonder what he'd think today?

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flread45 8 years ago from Montana

It is a good career as I retired from corrections

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

How interesting! I'm going to look through your Hubs and see if you've written about it.

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caseysellers02 8 years ago

Wow! That was awesome! I find your hub very intresting and full of imformations. I honestly didn't like criminology before, but when I got to read Nancy Drew books and watch 911 on cable, I got more and more interested in it. Then when I got to read your hub, the passion of wanting to learn more became intense. I will surely be coming back. Thank you for that and five-stars goes to you! I would like to share to you a lens a same effective and helpful as yours which tackles about career networking and organizational skills from basic to exceptional ones. You can check it out.

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thanks caseysellars02. Perhaps you will write some hubs about your link and its information!

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jilliand47 8 years ago

This is a very good hub on Criminology. It is very informative and many people may want to take up criminology with the information you gave. It’s enlightening to know that there are different areas one can specialize or path when criminology is taken. Thanks for sharing such valuable information. Here is a site which gives information about PhD studies as those who have taken up criminology may want to enhance their knowledge: Please do visit us.

Abdullahi A. Yahaya 8 years ago

I learnt alot from your outlines and programme keep it up, God bless.

Abdullahi A. Yahaya 8 years ago

Its been wonderfull to cited your views and techniques toward bringing out majority of human behaviour in society to academic institutions and public at large, Thank you and GOD BLESS.

Abdullahi A. Yahaya Badeggi 8 years ago

I will never tired until I let you know that I really appreciate your long term efforts, KUDOS to you, GOD BLESS NOW AND ALWAYS.

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Abdullahi A. Yahaya , thank you immensely for your kind words and prayers.  They are a great uplifitng.

Elizabeth 7 years ago

im curious, to work in prison or testify in court, as a criminologist, what kind of experience do they require and how high must your degree be?

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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

Federal, state/provincial, county/parish, and local laws and regulations govern these scenarios and it would be best to call the appropriate courts and penal systems in question in order to find out the specific requirements for each. Thanks for visiting, Elizabeth.

Johan 7 years ago

Hi, don't know much about your discussion, but would like to add that in South Africa we have a serious shortage of accurate forensic evidence appearing in court, due to insufficiantly experienced forensic examiners.

The science will in future surely become so effective that eventually crime will be based on idealogical wars and the general population will live comfotably in American-style suburbs. Social crime will dissapear.

Idealogical wars are not fought on the property of the perpetrator. Bobby and Jenny will live in peace and harmony, while in countries far off, idealogical wars are fought in unreal horror.

South Africa

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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for telling us about the job Market in South Africa. That provides another place for possible work for Americans.

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dr c 7 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

A great & informative site, I have you bookmarked & I'll definitely be recommending you to a friend interested in forensics. Great links too - thank you!

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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

Thanks dr c -- And forensic accounting is picking up speed as well.

Warren K. 7 years ago

criminology is something else isn't it! I hadn't realized many of these things until I read your hub. Great action...Thanks!

lc 7 years ago

thanks so much this makes my job so much easier when it comes to having to research the career i want

konie 7 years ago


i really want to study this career, can you help me? im mexican, i speak english, i want to get an schoolarship, but i dont know which university is good, end either how can i get the schoolarship

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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

First of all, where are you living - what state in Mexico or USA or what country?

edtribs 7 years ago

Great video, excellent for viewers like me.

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LVM 7 years ago

Everytime I read one of your hubs, I always learn a lot.

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criminals 7 years ago from India

Great post's really rocking keep rocking :)

Free God Of War 6 years ago

It seems to be trendy to follow a Criminology Career... Unfortunately human kind will never live in 100% peaceful world, so it's important to have the best professionals finding the bad guys.

Great hub!

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Nail Technician 6 years ago

Wow, great hub, so thorough. i really never knew there was so much to criminology as a career.

Camas Articuladas 6 years ago

Everyone digs CSI... and I think that why more people are interested in Criminology Careers. Great hub!

Shelby 6 years ago

This article is so interesting to me. I'm a high school student, graduating in 2010, and I would like to know some information about the schooling I should take to have a career in profiling/being able to read people, and to be a part of the FBI. Please email me. I'm VERY interested.


Cheneil 6 years ago

I am starting college soon and was thinking about majoring in criminology. Will I have to go to law school after college?

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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

@Shelby - Lots of info on the FBI is located at

@Cheneil - Not necessarily. There are Masters and PhD Degree programs in criminal justice and related area; but sit down with your college counselor and determine what is best for your interests. You might want to attend law school after all. Best wishes to you!

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lovelypaper 6 years ago from Virginia

Wonderful in depth knowledge of criminology. Very fascinating.

FRED 6 years ago

Very helpful information.

Malik Naeem Aslam 6 years ago

It is very intresting subject & in Pakistan it is studied only in Sindh Province,(Pakistan).

students take intrest in this very much

Jarrod 6 years ago

This was a really interesting piece for me to read. I actually live in Australia, and this year I'm doing a diploma of social science, then a bachelor (majoring in criminology) then a masters, where I hope to become a forensic criminologist. Thank you for all the information.

Russian Man 6 years ago

Very interesting! seems like you have to want to study Criminology in order to like it!

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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

Great information for when I get close to finishing my studies...

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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Success and best wishes to you in your career, Barry! Law and criminology are fascinating.

Blago 6 years ago

HI i am from bulgaria and i want to study criminology in the UK. Can you suggest some good uversities that study criminology in UK

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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

Prison & Change is a great video !

Nick 6 years ago

hi guys

I'm from Russia. i want to work criminologist in USA or UK

Can i work in USA if i have Russian degree.

Help, please.

PS Sorry for my bad English ;)

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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

@Nick - Ask your university of your degree transfer to the USA. Also, visit your local American Embassy and ask them what they think about it - they can help with making phone calls to the US schools and asking if your degree is good in their areas.

Best of success to you!

@Blago - Search Universities in London online or call SCOTLAND YARD and ask them - +44 207 230 1212 anytime day or night.

@Barry - it's pretty good, isn't it?

Nick 6 years ago

Patty Inglish, thank you for information

i'm happy that you helped me.

i don't know English well. I agree it's problem,but i will try.


kim 6 years ago

Such an interesting article! I studied a bachelor of criminology in South Africa,as well as an honours degree in Criminology, however find it quite difficult to get into the job market as hardly any companies seem to understand the value of the subject! Does anyone have any advice for opportunities in South Africa or Britain?

Luke Hayes 6 years ago

I'm interested in doing a criminology and sociology degree. I have to say that this blog is extremely interesting and detailed for anyone considering criminology related careers. I have already recommended it to people I know doing this degree or, like me, interested in it.

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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

I wish you and your friends success in your criminology endeavors; it was always one of my favorite focus studies and research activities.

Lee Ann 6 years ago

Hi Patty,

I really enjoyed your hub, great information! I became interested in the field of criminology after watching the show "Criminal Minds." Im a freshman in college right now and I was wondering how I could find more information about the degrees and experience I would need to become an actual profiler. Thanks!

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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Lee Ann - A first step is to call your local police department and set up an informational interview with one of the detectives. He or she can provide the practical information about profilers, if the department indeed uses them at all (not all do so). Let us know what happens!

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Research Analyst 6 years ago

The more advanced technology becomes, criminals are getting smarter by the day and figuring out how to get past many of the tools to detect and find them. So if one pursues this type of work I am sure they will have a heavy work load.. Job security.

Kristiaan 6 years ago

that is why criminology is so dynamic...criminologist have to be updated with all the technology now a days. im taking up criminology right now...

Zee 6 years ago

Patty, great hub!! I'm from Sweden but would really like to study a Ba in Criminology at an English-speaking university. I've been looking around on the net for universities in South africa but so far I haven't found anything. If anyone could give me any tips or ideas of how to go ahead with this please email me on:

Tahnee 6 years ago

Hi there, I have done a BA in crimimology at the University of South Africa. I enjoyed it and its an option you should definitely consider. Its now just difficult finding an internship Best of luck

bob 6 years ago

such a good website

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beatriceflores 6 years ago from Providence, RI

Criminology is a very popular subject maybe because there were many series made on this topic in the past few years. I like it as well, and I like also this hub because it contains many interesting facts that I did not know before. Thanks Patty!

Lena101 6 years ago

I dont think they would be scared of the real Criminologits, in the labs or in the offices but they would rather be scared of the ones in the TV-sets

2Rugby2 6 years ago

I have a question for anyone. I am majoring in criminology and i have a minor in chemistry. Is it better to have a minor in chemistry or biology for criminologists who want to go into forensic science?

Sabrina :) 6 years ago

i really like this field i live in canada is that going to get in the way ? thank you very helpful info! :)

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Larchinski 6 years ago from Northern California

awesome article!

godwin o. 6 years ago

hi patty

i am so grateful to be one of the readers of this great article, iam an undergraduate student of national open university of nigeria, am studying criminology and security studies, am at three hundred level now, by reading your article, i have gotten hope for the future as a criminologist, it is quite interesting and i love this discilpine, thanks and pls send suggestions on how i can discuss with my fellow student in uk

sholine Emmanuel Tanko 6 years ago

with this kind of informative site,we the learning students of the National open university of Nigeria wil have no problem studying criminology and security studies,cos we can access informative information about society and crime prevention.keep it up and God bless.

Lesedi  6 years ago

Very informative i must say....are there conference /research or projects done in south africa in Criminology to find a solution in crime,i know there are method and research but i want to know about the current that might be taking place in (South Africa)?

I am a Second year student currently studying criminology and i will like to take part in any (Project/Research or Conference)concerning Criminology/Crime..

Sun. A 6 years ago


I found this very helpful. Thank you. I was unsure if I really wanted to do Criminology as a career and all, kept trying to make myself believe I was just toying with the idea..But there's no denying the urge I have to go through with it. I feel that it's right. I don't want to take Medicine like my father wants me to. I want to do Forensics, haa. My friends laugh but I don't care.

Anyways, I would love it if you can tell me more about it and all. I'm a senior this year and I have little time to decide on what I want to do. I'm turning sixteen (hard to believe, I know.) so my parents treat me as a child when I'm being serious.

I would really appreciate your help. Email's I would be doing me three thousand million favours, I swear it. :)

PS: Thanks in advance? ;)

Topaz Angel 6 years ago

I'm a freshman who is seriously interested in a career in Criminology. Could you answer some questions I have on the topic? What kind of personality does it take to study this? How available are jobs? Where is the largest job market? What kind of specific careers are involved in Criminology? If you could answer any of these questions, thank you very much. If you are too busy, then I thank you for your time.

prince 6 years ago

im intrested in criminology work ,im currently studying criminology as a first year student , is there any voluntary work i can do .im in limpopo at the university of venda

Teddy Orsu 6 years ago

I tank God for coming in contact with people who study or are studying criminology in different universities arround the world to help combat crime and save the lives of many nations. I want to join you guys in this fight. Am looking for a good university that teaches Bsc or BA criminology and security anywhere in the world. Please do recommend one to me. Mr. Teddy, Nigeria, west Africa

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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

it's a complex phenomenon. Some children grow up nearly unaffected and some of our theorists/practitioners believe it is attributible to the quality of resiliance. A psychiatrist friend has found all manner of psych conditions and deviances being created in the first three months of life by dysfunctional or abusive people n the infant's life. I know social workers that work very hard with clients to overcome the negatives in the upbrinfing and community influence. Some churches even cast out evil. Many methods are applied and some work. Universal Answer? I'd like one.

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henrykasan 6 years ago from UK

Informative Hub!!!!!

The criminology is the study of crime and its various aspects. It approach of methodology is very diverse which is aptly stated in the hub such as Criminologists can place their efforts into research, victimology, victim's rights, white collar crime, the juvenile justice system, forensics technologies, DNA/RNA evidence, and many other areas. The hub is very useful for youth who are aspiring to become criminologist.

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MannyLee 6 years ago

I'm in the middle of applying for grants and retraining in criminology. I have to do a ton of field research to obtain my grant. This hub has helped my research out so much. Tons of questions i have to answer in the paper work i can find here. Im so happy I came across this web page.. ill be using this hub for ref @ caljobs !!! they loved it 2 when i brought in printed info..

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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

This was an amazing hub full of information and resources. I'm going to pass it on to my son who is looking to make a career change and has expressed interest in criminology. I'm signing up to follow you because I loved this hub so much. Being new to Hub Pages, I know I can learn alot from how your hubs are done. Thanks for sending me fan mail. I love my happyboomernurse name and am glad it inspired you to follow me.

Anna 5 years ago

I'm so happy to have gone thru this blog. I have completed my postgraduation in biotechnology but am interested in pursuing a career in criminology. Do u think that this combination would help me get into a university?

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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

Biotechnology and criminology would seem to go hand in hand these days. Much success to you, Anna.

Melody 5 years ago

Is there an online college that offers webcam for labwork for a biology degree online? I live in a remote area where a college is 3-6 hours away and my goal is to be a crime lab tech or CSI. I toured a crime lab in Redding, CA myself and talked with each section of what they do. I loved it! but how can one get a degree in biology online? I am getting my associates in science Dec. 19th, 2010. So I'm ready to start for bachelors degree but need to find a online college fast! Thanks...please in case I can't find this back again any information can you please send any response Thanks.

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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

Call the State Board of Education in California and ask them for a list of schools that meet your specifics. Your county or city department/board of education may also be able to help. You might even call the crime lab that you toured - they may have a list of resources! Failing all that, contact your nearest high school; even they may be able to help you, through a vocational or other counseling department -- They may have a list.

ahmad from saudi 5 years ago

thanks for who ever helped in this very much, very useful and helpful information.

Gwin Everdeen 5 years ago

wow, that was a unique and intriguing read, and that really gave me some useful information, but, would it be diffucult to get into a college where you acn study criminology?

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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

No more difficult than any university that offers the other social sciences. Best of success to you!

Ady  5 years ago

Hi there, i am from Philippines and we would like to explore how we can link up with the other school of criminology around the globe.

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graveyard-rose 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Thank you for this Hub. It gave me the kick in the a$$ that I needed to keep going with my schooling. With all the hassle lately I forgot exactly how important it was. Not just for me, but the reason I started. People. Stopping crime. Being the right person there, at the right time.

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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

Good luck and success to you in your studies! Three is a lot of work to be done in the field.

Casey 5 years ago

Hello, I am really interested in taking a Criminology undergraduate course in the States.

However, I find it difficult applying for this course because of the requirements (SATs, etc.) since I am an international student.

I've just finished my Cambridge 'A' Level examination on Sociology, English Literature, Geography and General Paper and now I am awaiting for the results, which will come out somewhere between late January-early February next year. Any tips or useful guides for international students? Thank you.

adebakin julius 5 years ago

is good as a soldier to be a crime detector

Omolaja 5 years ago

I dont think i like statistics and mathematics.hope the Msc in criminology does not revolve around it.please i need an info about the course thanks

monda-kenya 5 years ago

criminology is the only option to solving world crime

Zeea 5 years ago


i have completed my MSc Criminology and if any one require help on any topic please ask.....

Blessings 5 years ago

thanks so much much for posting this information i have been searching for about 2 years on what exactly is criminology cause i've been interested in the judicial system for a loooong time but i didn't want to become a lawyer. so thanks againf or all this information. Blessing

ambili 5 years ago

its good i m starting to study criminology this feature hrelp to me lot thank you sir

Samson 5 years ago

I am one of officers of Nigeria Immigration Service, I want have my masters in criminology. How could I go for this.

roderick 5 years ago

Here in the Philippines, you can be a graduate of criminology profession and probably become a registered criminologist for one (1) year at LA SALLETE SCHOOL. What a very disgusting idea of somebody to deteriorate our chosen profession.... I took this profession for 4 years with hard work. I am very disappointed........ Professional Criminologists Association in the Phil., Professional Regulatory Commission, Commission on Higher Education are not doing their job to check this matter. May I seek help for any Chairmans, Chiefs or Presidents of other Foreign Countries' Criminologists Associations to wake up these people and take study of their curriculum. Is the offspring of this school are very effective and efficient in doing their job in the future after they graduated? Or they will belong to scalawags?

Jenny 5 years ago

I would really like to know how does the criminology course help a forensic technician in his career.


kinrey_phil 5 years ago

im a criminologist interested in criminological work

Ellie Mac 5 years ago

Hi, this is very informative. I am in England and due to start university in September studying a BS in Forensic Biosciences. I am very excited. I would love to work in America after graduation but I have read a lot of job vancancies that state 'US citizens only', do you know if any of these vancancies would sponsor someone from England with the right qualifications and experience?



Liam Jensen 5 years ago

Hey, Im thinking about studying criminology in England and later moving to the US and getting a career there. Probably going to do a masters or maybe the bachlor then work and masters later on when i got more money. Is it possible to do the education in England and work in US? I`ll be studying in a pretty high rated university etc.

Probably be looking for something inside investegation and law enforcement.. mostlikely have to become a US Citizen first for that. Anyone got any thoughts?

TGRS 5 years ago

I really want to switch my major to this career. I love everything about it, my major now is Jurisprudence (law) and would like to switch back to Criminology, i dont know how to do that, Im in New Jersey and attend Montclair State University. Would I switch back to Criminal Justice or Sociology in order to become a criminologist? My intersst is serial killers, i read about and write about it on all my papers. Please if someone can guide me i would apprecate it. Any suggestions?

maxmwaz 5 years ago

Patty, I have a question. I want to get a bachelor degree on criminology, but i don't know what kind of work will be easy for me as entry level.Because I am going to school for but I DON'T HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE.Thanks

pamelaaa 5 years ago

Hi guys I'm in my final year at school before going to university I am really interested in studying criminology there. Does anyone have any advice on what kinds of subjects to take?

I was thinking English Modern Studies History, and would administration be helpful at all?


coralys 5 years ago

this is alot of interesting information but i would like to know if there are top colleges to go to study criminology or does it not matter??

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ammar 5 years ago

hi to all....1

it is amazing information i have never seen before....i am the student of criminology ....i need some information regarding forensic investigation ....!

MM 5 years ago

hello ,

I came across this hub by accident and I read most of the comments and found it very interesting and so I figured to post as well.

I have a bachelor's degree in Criminology with a minor in communications I never had the chance to work in these field due to relocation to another country. The only position I held for 3 months before relocating was assisting a lawyer. I'm 39 yrs old. If I decide to return to NY what jobs are available ? Is there any work available related with the internet ? I'm pretty savvy esp. in researching the net.

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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

Are you looking foor criminology related jobs in New York City?

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Web World Watcher 5 years ago

I looked into a criminology degree. I Settled on political science, but i sometimes wish I had considered a crim degree a bit more thoroughly .

Gulfaraz Hussain Awan 5 years ago


I am studing in third semester of Master in Criminological Science from karachi university, this is very intrestig field,almost mine and my behaviour and vision views change after the studing criminology, its a very reliable way prevention the crime, and many cases solve and find the right criminal

shina  5 years ago

...i finished on my study taking up bachelor of science in criminology here in the Philippines.I am a fresh graduate. you know this course was very interesting ....i wish i could find a job related to my course..goodluck to me

god blesss

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SUSANJK 5 years ago from Florida

This sounds like such an interesting career. I think you need to really enjoy science to be successful.

Dr.Dharma Raj Bhusal 5 years ago

I have done my Phd in crime from German TU. Chemnitz University. I am really interested to work in the field of crime and criminology how i can get a job in this field. I would be greatful to you if you could inform me.

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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Wonderful hub. My wife Joann loves to watch anything that has something to do with investigations, and police work. Police work makes you feel like a God when you have a call where fifty cops come to help you. I have been backed up by as many as eighty cops , and volunteers when I faced armed men with high powered rifles, and guns. It was a real thrill out of this world. Makes you feel larger than life, and is extremely dangerous. You have to try to psychologically try to figure out a shooter in seconds. God Bless You Precious heart.

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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

Amazing! -- You have had many dangerous yet exicting experiences in life, and much, much responsibility always. You are a hero of many kinds, stars439.

Tijjani Manir 5 years ago

i grew up with aliking for criminology and I have since been working towards a career in the field, not until this year. I never knew much about it but I was aware that it deals with crimes and criminals. Now I can tell the world that I know crimonology like a criminologist.

Patty, you're awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!

please keep it up. I hope you'll accept me as one of your protégé? One day I'd make you proud by coming up with something similar based on your ideas.

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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

Tijjani Manir - Thanks for posting! The more we advance tecnologically, the more we need criminologists. You'll have a long and interesting career.

Saju 5 years ago

Hunting for criminologist job -Saju

naydia 5 years ago

Seems like its not easy finding a job as a criminologist. Im starting my studies next year in crim. its something i really want to know more about.but something is scaring me.Please tell me if its very dangerous?

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cowtowngirl77 5 years ago

Itis such an interesting and exciting career. If I could do it over, this is where I would look.

mwasdarvinci 5 years ago

yeah its a good career that makes me to read hard 4 days and nights

lauren 5 years ago

this article changed my life. i've been in college for 4 years, and i'm graduating spring 2012 with a degree in criminology. even with all of the career meetings, i have no idea what i want to do or what's even available to me. that's really sad. i loved this article. it puts everything into perspective and it's easy to understand.

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briharn 5 years ago from New Jersey

Thank you for the great article. with a criminal justice major and criminology minor, I found it very intriguing to read!

Gwyneth Thomas 5 years ago

I am a South African citizen. I have completed my degree in psychology and criminology, as well as my honours in criminology. I am in the process of obtaining a diploma in Criminal Justice and Forensic Investigations. I am very desperate to find a job possible overseas in the USA?

Please any advice will be appreciated!

rita afriyie benefo 5 years ago

hello, i am a Ghanaian but lives in America. i want to offer criminology as a continuation of what i used to do offer i was back home. i have a sociology, anthropology, research and human communication background and what are the hire ability when i finish with my course . i want to know if there is any chance for me as i take up that kind of study.

Sharon Celine 4 years ago

Hi! am a kenyan citizen currently studying siociology am looking forward to be a criminology after attaining my university degree am i on the right path? if not then advice please!

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Rita and Sharon -- Sociology is a good place to start, but also look at the college catalogue for classes in criminal justice, and ask your school advisors for help.

Lesego Namane 4 years ago

I'm a student and i'm studing csi,what i went to know is how long it's going to take me in order for to start studing criminology,it's my second year at college.

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

I know nothing about your college Lesego, but i can tell you that I studied criminology during my Freshman Year. Good luck.

TRINIDAD GIRL 4 years ago

I am a thirteen year old girl and I want to be a criminologist when I grow up. I would like to know what good universities I can study criminal justice ,natural science and law.I am from Trinidad.

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Hi Trinidad Girl,

I unfortunately do not know anything about the colleges and universities in Trinidad and Tobago. However, the website www DOT 4icu DOT org/tt/ offers a listing of these schools. Look at each of the five post-secondary schools currently listed on that site and review their program offerings.

Next, speak with any vocational or guidance counselor at your school and ask for help in writing out an educational plan to prepare yourself for the college or university of your choice and to find financial aid. You may even find that you need to begin studies in your country and complete them in another country.

Best of success to you!


GP Parrthiban 4 years ago

Thank you for the great article

saurabh seth 4 years ago


I have completed my master degree in criminology at Dr.H.S.Gour Sagar University Sagar (M.P) in India.Now i want job related fields.Please suggest me.

Thanking You

Tommy job eno 4 years ago

Am studing criminology in nigeria.Thank God for opportunities and previllege giving to u, for your help to us.I appreciate your wonder articles,am very encourage in studing crime the more.God bless u

shahid 4 years ago

Am Study obout Its Subject its my favourite subject please tell me more information of its and i like it.

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writerscentro 4 years ago from India

Yeah the crime rate in each country possibly make these professions in the category of higher opportunities and best hikes.... isn't it seems to be bad but to clean out the mash we have to open such job options..

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Hameed Afridi 4 years ago

as a Criminologist i request to the govt of pakistan that please support Criminologist and give opportunity them.

Shauna G 4 years ago

Hi i am a student and looking to study criminology, with the exception that i want to work directly with people and im finding it very hard to figure out how i go about this ? i would really appreciate and help you can give me . I want to try understand why people to the crimes they do and help with their rehabilitation and try to change their life around . Any suggestions ?

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

I think we're finding genetic links and physical problems causing a lot of criminal activity overall. Otherwise, many felons suffer SEVERAL Severe Mental Disorders at once, some inherited, other picked up in the first three months of life from mentally ill folks in their home. Thus, I would recommend Forensic Medicine or Forensic Social Work. However, the best place for prevention is during pre-natal and first quarter of life, with whole-family services given as best we can.

mabhele Belz,Mr 4 years ago

crime is a very disturbing phenomenon in our communities.and our government has a little offort to prevent it.we dnt have much infor abt criminology in our societies.plz kindly post us ur information about crime.young juveniles are moving up and down no support from them.

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

What country are you in, sir?

Lins Mary Samuel 4 years ago

Hi ,I like 2 become a criminologist. I'm studying in +2 nw. I'd many doubts abt it . I think dis helped me a lot 2 clear my doubts .Is LLB or MSc. psychology is necessary 4 studying criminology?

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Check with your college or university. Psychology was indeed required in my program.

Lins Mary Samuel 4 years ago

Thank u so much 4 ur valuable article and comments ,sir

Okomo M 4 years ago

I've been doing online research like a fiend trying to find something that went over criminology without simply listing its requirements and components.

I'm an American expatriate studying psychology abroad with future plans to get a Masters in criminology... with the eventual goal of joining the FBI--specifically the Behavioral Analysis Unit.

Do you have any suggestions as to things I should get knocked out of the way now instead of later? I'm a first-year so I've got a long, uncertain road ahead of me and any sort of advice from someone in the field of criminology would be helpful. I'm also a little worried that studying outside of the States might complicate things.


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

My first year of college, I took several courses in criminology, psychology (esp. abnormal and social), and anthropology in order to get a view of the field from different angles. Whatver you take at the moment in school, read as much as you can in these three larger topic areas - articles, professional journals, and books. Best os success to you!

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SarahSingh 4 years ago

When studying Criminology in University, what exactly does one study? Do I need a Science subject to study it or do I need to be good in Science? I just really need some advice here, because my life is basically at a stand still! I was/am studying Law, Year 1. But I had to redo my first year. (mind you, I studied hard and tried my best the first time.) The second time I redid it, I failed, then I lost all of motivation and became unhappy and I felt discouraged.

But I went on to do over Year 1 a third time per my parents wishes. I failed a third time. I barely studied, because I was so unahppy and unmotivated. I'm attempting it a fourth time, but something happened and my parents might let me choose a different career to study. I'm thinking about doing Criminology or Psychology. But I'm confused a bit.

Umm is it hard - studying Criminology, I mean. And ummm does it require a lot of reading? I know I like to study people, what they think and do. And why they think and do those things.... Ugh I kinda don't like reading a lot anymore :( I'm just so confused and don't know exactly what to do, you won't believe. I just need any help or advice I can get, please and thank you! I'm English, if that helps - because I know things vary a bit in America and England, so.....

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

I think at this point, you could benefit from seeing an advisor at your college or university, asking to see the curricula for both Criminology and Psychology and making your decision with that knowledge.

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SarahSingh 4 years ago

I've been home-schooled and schooled online for my fourth attempt, per my parents wishes. So I don't have an advisor to ask :/

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Go to your local college or university visitor's office or admission's office and ask for help' or access their website and email them the questions.

Students or those interested can visit a college in order to find out about college classes before they enroll or even if they do not enrill and they come away with good advice and a set of literature to read.

Kerry 4 years ago

I have a Criminology Degree and interested in careers in the US. Any suggestions or websites I may find useful?

uknown_baby 4 years ago

wow... it is really an informative about what is criminology and who you will be in the future... am a criminologist and now im an instructor of an institution...

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Congratulations for your success!

Kashif 4 years ago

Hi friends,

I have done my degree in criminology & security studies

but i have still not job so how i can find some job in UAE/UK or Australia,

Milad Asad 4 years ago

Hi dear Patty,

I really want to thank you for this post and may God bless u.

I am currently enrolled at Centennial college in Toronto, Canada, I know that there isn't much differences in universities in both Canada and the USA so at the moment am enrolled in a 2 years police foundations program and then i will study criminalogy at the Univeristy of Toronto and get a degree, my question is that, the program that i am taking now is quite helpful to my profession (criminology) or am i basically wasting my time ?? and the beside i am sure u hv studied this at the university so can u tell me what hardships, difficulties will be facing once i get accepted in any university in toronto ?? and wat subject do think is more important to focus (eg. psychology).

thank you again and keep the good work up.

i wish we have more people with more knowledge like you.

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Police Foundations will help you in many occupations.

I thought it important to take cultural anthropology courses, social psychology, abnormal psychology (or deviance), and several sociology classes. Hardships: college takes a lot of work, and time planning, and one must be serious and dedicated to completing the coursework. One semester or quarter of college can be like a whole year or more of high school in depth of study.

Kay Tembo 4 years ago

Hey Guys I love it here, just came across it while looking at careers in Criminology... I just started studying a Diploma in Criminology and love anything to do with Crime and Investigation... I have a background of Pharmacology though I am only a Pharmacy Dispenser qualified.... Do you think Pharmacy with Criminology will go hand in hand and help me easily get a job after completion. please advice..... I am in the UK.

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Sounds like the two should dovetail very well. Ask your university advisors and they should have more info. I think it should be exciting. Good luck!

martha 4 years ago

patty in order for one to become a criminologist must have PHD degree in criminology? i love u patty keep it up with the good work from south africa

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

A lot of jobs in criminology do not require a PhD or a Master's, although some people in this work want to continue their education and training in the field. For a better idea about what' available in your area, scan the job positions posted on and, which have websites on all continents.

Thanks for commenting, martha!

Isyak Muhammad Ibrahim 4 years ago

This is very good job because it help in fighting crime and bring the suspect to book

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Technology is helping move the field of criminology ahead in many locations. Unfortunately, places like Detroit closed down their crime labs because of lack of funding.

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Your comments are encouraging and I hope we all continue to learn more about crime and its prevention, cablemanagements!

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

That us an interesting sideline. it might help your in your work, especially if designing equipment or aircraft.

Phila 4 years ago

I did Criminology and Sociology as my majors @ the Urnivesity. I would real like to pursue a career in Criminology now that I have better idea of what I want. But there are no opportunities in South africa. I have tried all the resources available. I can even volunteer to gain experience. Any suggestions. 0727228372.

Laura 4 years ago

What do you think is the best school to study criminology in the united states?

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Offhand, I'd say at least one of the universities in the Chicago area would have a well developed program, since Chicago is the location of the one of the earliest groups to study criminology. In the next few days. I'll look across the country and report back in a new Hub. 4 years ago

Hi, guys hv always listened to jitteries from faux bonhomes and thought that all my ambition had bore me pipe dreams. Am extremely glad for the revival of my ambition. Justice to be antibodised. Together we do it, come...i mean you.. Yes you, let us gravitate Justice with immidiate acceleration.

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marketingbloke 4 years ago

Never really thought about criminology but now I know a little about it =]

Dique Cudoca 4 years ago

Thank you for the tips. What can I do to join you? How does it take to study it and if a man from another country can do it over the distance.


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Do you have any colleges or universities that provide criminology courses in your country?

whowas 4 years ago

What a very fascinating hub about a very fascinating subject.

In honesty, whilst I was aware of criminology as a discipline and a profession, I had no idea that it was so broad ranging in its field of study or its potential applications.

As a life-long appreciator of the stories of Sherlock Holmes and such like fictions, I was fascinated by the insights into what real criminologists actually do - and indeed the remarkable if often discreet contribution they make to the positive development of society and our general well-being.

The science and technology of modern criminology is no less intriguing. Altogether a fascinating hub - and how fortunate you were to have such empowering and able tutors!

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

I felt fortunate and blessed to learn these lessons from some of the founders of various arms of criminology. It was the best part of my first year of college.

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viewfinders 4 years ago from God's own country(kerala)

Great hub.....thanks for sharing with us

Ava 4 years ago

This page is a great method to connect to others. Congratulations on a job well achieved. I am anticipating your next

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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

As they say on talk radio shows....longtime reader first time commenter. I have enjoyed reading your hubs ever since I joined HubPages about 18 months ago. Currently this hub is your highest rated hub according to HubPages and I can easily see why.

You were very fortunate to have been able to study on both Reckless and Dinitz. It sounds like Dinitz was a wonderful and entertaining teacher. I have a friend that works in a crime lab and her love of her job has influenced one of my children to be looking at this field as a possible career path....I am e-mailing the link to your hub to him as it will be helpful and interesting.

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for posting a comment, Cogerson, and congratulations on your Hubbie Award this year! I wish every success to your child in pursuing a career in a crime lab, all the way to Director. Dr. Dinitz would be pleased with crime lab developments today, I think.

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mismazda 4 years ago from a southern georgia peach

Very interesting hub and well written. Thanks for explaining the different aspects of Criminology. I myself got interested in this field while watching all of the CSI's shows....I think it is a facinating and interesting field. Voted up and interesting.

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

CSI has done a lot to promote work in the field of Criminology, as Star Trek did for NASA and aerospace careers in the 1970s and 1980s. TV can do some good!

Maikudi Usman Yahaji 4 years ago

I'm a Graduate of Criminology & Security Studies of the National Open University of Nigeria. May I have a Counselling advice on how to further my education in Criminology Profession.

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

First, ask for a referral from your college office for 1) Internships and 2) graduate programs in your own University or nearby Universities and colleges.

Next, investigate the programs offered at the schools of higher education in Lagos:

The University of Lagos, Lagos State University, Caleb University, The Pan-African University, Lagos State College of Health Technology (laboratory training here); also Lagos State University College of Medicine and Lagos University Teaching Hospital -- Medicine and Criminology are connected in investigations, given the importance of DNA.

Third, investigate higher education programs in neighboring nations.

Much success to you!

Poupaps 3 years ago

Thanks for the further intel given in the previous paragraphs. My head is set on a medical point of view for a career. (Doctor, Nurse etc...) But after watching a lot of criminal mind, NCIS and Mentalist, I've developed a strong interest in this domain... As crazy as it may seem. Any advice for a 17 year old guy that wants the best of both world??


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

You might be able to combine a medical career with crime investigation. Several people have done both, ever since the 1930s. The simplest route is to be a coroner or medical examiner, but some healthcare practitioners also hold law degrees or criminal justice degrees as well. Speak to a high school or college counselor about designing your own program of study - and good luck!

elle-969 3 years ago

Hi! My name is Eli and I am interested in this field. Right now I am in a Community College doing my basics. What are the next steps I need to take in order for me to become a criminologist? I would appreciate your answer and thanks :)

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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

Make an appoitnmet now with your college advisor had ask for input to planning the rest of your college career, including transferring your upcoming Associate's Degree to a 4-year college or university. With a 2-year degree in Criminology or Law Enforcement or Forensics, you can start out as a technologist or technician in some part of the criminology field. With a 4-year degree, you can handle more responsible tasks and job titles. Best success to you!

N.Timothy 3 years ago

I have an Honours degree in criminology from the University of South Africa and I have retired from teaching after a 40 year service. What can I do in Criminology in my retirement? I am 68 years, still very active.

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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

Aak your local police department and college/university criminology departments of they need a consultant. That is a good starting place.

Dusty 3 years ago

Hi. I am currently serving in the United States military. I would love to become a pathologist for serial killers when I get out. What would be my best route to take to achieve this goal when my service is up.

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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

When youi get home, contact your local university and ask about the appropraite curricula and the use of your GI benefits for school. Also call your VA represeantative and see if he can help you make connections. Best of success to you!

Hannah 3 years ago

Hi, my name is Hannah and I really want to do criminology volenteer work over this summer. I live in NY and although there are places in manhattan i've heard of, i don't think ill be able to get in for i don't have the best grades. I'm not stupid. I have adhd and get sick often. I had mano and chronic fatige so i have missed alot of school. My school lowers grades fo rlateness and absentsess I'm not trying to give excuses. I do try in school when I go. However, I dont know if it will be enough. Is there anything I could do or other porgrams that dont care about grades as much?

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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

Hanna, see of the FBI is still running their NYC summer volunteer program - website is

You need a grade point average of 2.5 in high school for the FBI program.

If the FBI does not work out, ask your high school counselors to help you find something before the end of the school year.

The main point is to improve your health - mononucleosis and chronic fatigue can be related to other conditions and you may not be able to volunteer with a recent history of either illness -- It will depend on the company to which you apply and the state laws. If you need volunteer hours for high school graduation, then your school counselors really should be helping if you ask. They should have a list of places you can go to volunteer (they do in Ohio).

Mayur 3 years ago

Hey patty M from India.. need help..

do u know anything about criminology jobs in India.

I'm doing B.A in CCJ

but i wanted to do Engineering

can u plz help me about the Jobs and the salary we can get?? plz reply soon!

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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

I added a link for the annual Criminology and Forensics Conference and information in India at the bottom of the article.

Search the website with the search terms "forensics" and "criminology" for your answers on jobs and salaries.

Mujahid Shah 3 years ago

i m criminologist, i recently complete my MSC(criminology) from PUNJAB UNIVERSITY LAHORE. i need a job, plz help me

Ryan 2 years ago

Psychology is exceedingly intriguing, and criminal hunts are so elatious.

Good, concise article.

patoo 2 years ago

i have applied to study criminology at national open university of Nigeria, but i just found out this useful and interesting site and i really appreciated your effort, keep it on.

Catherine Nakato 2 years ago

hi .I would to pursue a masters and doctorate in Criminology studies.

Am from Uganda ,my applications have been rejected several times .

I would prefer to study in USA universities because they so far have the best programs.

please help me with connections and advise


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

Hi Catherine,

Do you have a list of American universities in which you are interested? If so, contact each of their Admissions Offices and ask for their requirements to enter graduate school and ask if they have specific help to offer you as an International Student. Counselors at these officers may be very helpful to you.

Let me know how it goes!


Catherine Nakato 2 years ago


Iam very happy ,thanks for responding.

Yes,I have contacted some of these Universities and applied as

well. I feel demoralized with regrets all the time even after contacting and speaking to the counselors. It seems expensive with the application fee and yet no success is registered.

Been wondering what to do next, that's why I got connection with you.

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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

What universities have you tried? I want to believe that the Admissions Offices have someone who could walk you through each step. If they have no such person, they are losing some good students.

Catherine Nakato 2 years ago

oh thanks.

I have applied to University of Arkansas, George Washington University,

University of Maryland College park, California state University Fresno .

some universities respond that competition is too high.however as an international student I have found it a big challenge to study my dream course in America yet it has the best facilities for Criminology courses .I hope to be helped.

Catherine Nakato 2 years ago

I have a good background in Criminology courses at undergraduate,

is it possible to work with Juvenile facilities, community supervision programs ,do you have such information?

However,Criminology is a new discipline in my country with very few opportunities for further studies and employment opportunities.

thanks Patty

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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

I think that George Washington University and California State University Fresno are good schools, best of the four. Advisors should help more. Probably the places for Juv. and Community programs are most likely to be helpful to you in Chicago, NYC, Los Angeles and DC areas.

Do you know a judge, attorney, public office holder, or police captain in your country who would contact the Criminology Dept. head of the schools or Juv/Community programs on your behalf as a reference and asking for their help for you? I think you need this for school and also your travel visa.

Catherine Nakato 2 years ago

thanks patty

let me follow your advise on this. hope all goes well.

Catherine Nakato 2 years ago

hi patty,am grateful to let you know that from the advise I received from you.I have been given admission to California State University,Fresno.

for Ms. in Criminology.The only remaining challenge is funding/scholarship.To be sincere I need to identify sources of funds or scholarships as an international student,I do have a financial challenge and I don't want to miss the opportunity.



Catherine Nakato 2 years ago

the admission is for spring 2015


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

Great News! -- Congratulations on your college admission, Cathrine! Call or visit Financial Aid at the school ASAP.

mercy kihungi. 2 years ago

hello patty .am hoping to join college this year or early next year. i wanted to pursue criminology n security from mount kenya university in kenya but i av been receiving negative comments evrytime i ask for advise. am not sure if this course has been in our country for long, but according to people there are no jobs for such a career. am glad to have come to this site, i av realised the market is much wider that i expected. i wish there was a way to reach out to students and even the general public, create awareness n let them know the necessity of such profession. thanx so much n keep up.

Mirela 23 months ago

Hi, my name is Mirela. I'm from Serbia. I have a MSc degree in molecular biology, and I really want to work as Forensic DNA analyst in USA. This is my dream since I was a child. Can you tell me is it possible to work that job in USA if I don't US citizen? Sorry for my english, I probably have mistakes in writing.

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Patty Inglish, MS 23 months ago from North America Author

Hi Mirela - You'll need a work visa and have a job offer from an employer in USA. Contact your local Embassy for help in arranging those things. Visit the US Immigration internet site at www DOT (type a period in place of the DOT).

neelamnarayankar 21 months ago

Its an interesting subject so I wwould love learn as wrk in these field

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Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Real interesting. I once wanted to be a CSI, but I do faint at the sight of blood. P.S. I'm an aspiring writer who writes thrillers/eco-thrillers and romantic suspense. I hope to be agented and published someday this year.

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Patty Inglish, MS 21 months ago from North America Author

I'd like to read one of your stories!

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Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Thanks Patty. I have a beta reader that's helping me out with the editing portions. I'll keep you posted this year.

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Patty Inglish, MS 21 months ago from North America Author

Great to hear! I will keep an eye out for your announcements.

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Melissa Orourke 20 months ago from Roatán, Islas De La Bahia, Honduras

Great Hub! My son plans on going into Criminal Justice after High School. This Hub presented a lot of great information! Thank you.

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Patty Inglish, MS 20 months ago from North America Author

Much success to your son, Melissa Orourke! He should be looking at a good future career with this choice.

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Maximum A 18 months ago

Heavily influenced by Criminal Minds, a secret fantasy of mine has always been forensic psychology and maybe linguistic psych used in crimes. The resources here are great - I didn't know about so many of them!

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Patty Inglish, MS 18 months ago from North America Author

@Maximum A - Sounds like you have a fascinating career ahead of you! Well done!

aloh marvel 18 months ago

Hey I really love this site. As a student of criminology and security studies, I have been making findings about this course. Even in Nigeria here people don't regard the course as an important course, and I keep on searching for people that will be putting me through. Thanks and God Bless u

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Patty Inglish, MS 18 months ago from North America Author

Best of success to you in Nigeria! When does the new president take office there? I read about the election.

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poetryman6969 17 months ago

While I enjoyed programs like CSI, your hub confirms to me that this would not be a path for me. Thanks for the information!

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Patty Inglish, MS 17 months ago from North America Author

Glad to be helpful! What studies and work might you enjoy more?

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antigravity 16 months ago

Our society is seeing an increasing number of ciminals everyday . We have to take measures to control this, thanks for this information.

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Patty Inglish, MS 16 months ago from North America Author

We will need more people to fill these types of jobs for quite some amount of years.

ahmed buhari 16 months ago

Admission Processing into the Nigeria Defense Academy is currently in progress, you are to contact NDA helpline: on 08114498994 for assistance on how to get admitted into the NDA. I Wish you all the best of Luck..

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Patty Inglish, MS 16 months ago from North America Author

Thank you for supplying the information.

Bernard 3 months ago

Hi! Sir, i am a police officer here in the philipines for almost 9 years, and i have been a criminal investigator for more than 2 years up this date, and a licensed criminologist. I hope u can help me to apply for any job related to my specialization in your country, i am more than willing to undergo training if require me to do so. Thank you. Bernard

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Patty Inglish, MS 3 months ago from North America Author


Contact your USA embassy in the Philippines and ask which type of visa you may use to enter the USA to work as a police officer or criminologist. Call (02) 976-8500.


U.S. Embassy

1201 Roxas Boulevard

Manila, Philippines 1000

Best wishes!

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